Upcoming smartwatches 2021: Exciting wearables we're waiting for

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Smartwatches are the hottest property in tech right now, and there are plenty of upcoming devices to get excited about.

As we close out 2021, there will be a host of few and exciting devices hitting our wrists. The Galaxy Watch 4 with Wear OS has now been released, and of course, the Apple Watch Series 7 still leads the way.

Read on for our round-up of the upcoming smartwatches we're excited about.

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Moto Watch 100

ETA: Ships 10 December

Moto Watch 100

The Moto 360 is back once again – this time in the form of the Moto Watch 100.

CE Brands (a company that licences and reboots trusted brands) is behind the launch – two years after a misfiring attempt to bring back the Moto 360.

This time it's a different proposition, with a $99 price tag, 14 day battery life and a custom operating system.

It packs in a 1.3-inch LCD display (not AMOLED which is now ubiquitous) with a middling resolution of 360×360.

But it packs a punch in terms of sports and fitness. There are 26 sport profiles to choose from, and as you’d expect there’s also a heart rate monitor and SpO2 sensor for the tracking of blood oxygen. However, there's no GPS on board.

The aggressive price tag excuses a lot of the shortcomings in screen tech and GPS – but we're keen to assess the performance of the custom operating system.

The Moto Watch 100 is not going global at launch – and will be available in the US and Canada, costing $99 USD and $129 CAD respectively, from motowatch.com.

Huawei Watch GT3

ETA: 16 November

Huawei Watch GT3

After launching the Huawei Watch 3 this year, Huawei has now updated its sportier, more wallet-friendly GT range.

The Huawei Watch GT3 comes in 46mm and 42mm case sizes, with the 46mm watch packing a 1.43-inch, 466x466 resolution AMOLED screen.

A lot of what was on previous Huawei watches has remained. There's over 100 sports modes and it can still monitor stress (Android only), track sleep and steps, continuously monitor SpO2, send abnormal heart rate alerts and features women's cycle tracking too.

Huawei is bolstering things on the outdoor tracking accuracy front, offering support for GPS, Galileo, Beidou, GLONASS and QZSS satellite systems, to reduce interference and boost performance.

The heart rate monitor has also been improved, with extra LEDs boosting performance – and Huawei says accuracy is comparable to an ECG chest strap. That's something we'll be putting to the test.

In terms of battery, you can expect up to 14 days in typical usage and 8 days in heavy usage with the 46mm Watch GT3. The 42mm GT 3 promises up to 7 days in typical usage and just 4 days in heavy usage. That matches what was offered on the GT 2.

The Huawei Watch GT 3 is available to preorder now and is on sale from 10 November priced at £229.99 (roughly $315) for the 46mm version and £209.99 (around $288) for the 42mm GT3.

Read our full Huawei Watch GT 3 review.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

ETA: October 2021

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

Mobvoi’s 2021 update to its flagship range is a sizeable update – and brings a more refined look and some new health features.

The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra looks more stylish with the etched bezel. However, the dimensions haven’t changed at all.

The Pro 3 Ultra retains the 47mm case, 1.4-inch screen with the impressive 454 x 454 resolution at 326ppi.

It boasts the usual dual-layer display from the Pro range that turns the AMOLED screen off to show a low-res FSTN screen. That, in conjunction with the dual processor that runs alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 chip, means the Pro 3 Ultra still offers 72 hours of battery life and 45 days in a low power mode.

The new Pro 3 Ultra is tougher with US Military Standard 810G toughness

But it’s the new HR features that catch the eye.

It adds irregular heartbeat and AFib detection, ‘mental fatigue assessments’, and it will keep tabs on energy levels.

There’s GPS built in and 20 sports tracking modes, along with NFC payments via Google Pay.

It still runs Wear OS, although it will ship with Wear 2.0. Mobvoi hasn’t confirmed that it will be upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022, like the existing TicWatch Pro 3, but this is surely a given.

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

ETA: October 2021

Amazfit GTR 3 Pro

The GTR Pro 3 was one of a trio of new smartwatches launched by Zepp Health under the Amazfit brand.
The Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is an all new addition to the range, and crams a 1.44-inch AMOLED display, into a package the same size and weight as the 1.39-inch standard GTR 3.
Amazfit labels the display an "Ultra HD" 480 x 480 display, which admittedly is pretty damn high. It does offer a marginally higher PPI than the GTR 3 at 331ppi.
The new generation BioTracker 3.0 is responsible for heart rate, blood oxygen, breathing rate and stress level detection.
And you can do a one-tap measure of key biometric data, which will record your heart rate, breathing rate and SpO2 in one scan.
And the Pro version adds a speaker, Wi-Fi, music storage and Bluetooth calls for the first time – and these features aren’t available on the GTR 3 or GTS 3.
It will cost £199 – a significant increase from Amazfit’s usual pricing.

Amazfit GTS 3 and GTR 3

ETA: October 2021

Amazfit GTS 3 and GTR 3

The GTR 3 Pro kind of eclipses the duo of the GTS 3 and GTR 3, which are incremental updates to the GT 2 smartwatches.

The round-faced GTR 3 offers the same 450mAh battery as the Pro version, but can last 24 days between charges, according to Amazfit. It’s smaller at 1.39-inch, and has lower display-case ratio, so there's more bezel and a smaller display.

The square-faced Amazfit GTS 3 is designed for those looking for the best screen going. It packs in a 1.75-inch AMOLED display, with a 72% screen/case ratio and the highest PPI at 341ppi. It’s also the lightest at 24g.

The standard GTR 3 and GTS 3 miss out on the speaker, Wi-Fi and ability to make calls from the wrist – but otherwise have the same excellent feature set, with GPS, 150 sports modes and the BioTracker 3.0 all on board.

It’s a fairly iterative update of the GTR/GTS range, which have long been favorites here at Wareable, for those looking for a great mix of features and price. The hardware changes here do look like a decent improvement – but we’d like to see the Zepp app and Zepp OS mature to become great smartwatch companions.

They will cost £159.99 and are on sale now.

Withings ScanWatch Horizon

ETA: November 2021

ScanWatch Horizon

The ScanWatch Horizon brings the same features as the existing ScanWatch – but in a diving watch aesthetic.

The 43mm smartwatch features a laser-engraved rotating bezel and luminous hands, with green or blue faces.

There’s the same OLED display to show activity data and notifications – and the secondary activity goal dial. It also costs €499 – so it retains the reassuring expense of a true diving watch.

Withings has upped the water resistance to 10ATM, so you can take it snorkelling or swimming.

Elsewhere, it offers the same features as the ScanWatch, which is finally on sale in the US.

Key features are ECG and sleep apnea detection, both of which are certified by the FDA and CE in Europe.

Elsewhere is heart rate monitoring, step and activity tracking, some excellent sleep monitoring – and you can take it for a run using Connected GPS, although on-watch feedback is non-existant.

It also costs €499 – so it retains the reassuring expense of a true diving watch.

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

ETA: Out now

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

The Redmi Watch 2 has been announced for release in China – although seems unlikely to get a release outside of developing markets.

But the Redmi Watch 2 Lite, which launched at the same time, is available in Europe and the US.

The 1.6-inch AMOLED of the main Watch 2 is out, replaced with a 1.55-inch IPS, which is a significant drop in quality.

However, it retains the heart rate sensor, SpO2 and, most surprisingly, the GPS sensor.

It’s still 5ATM water resistant and the battery will last 5 days of heavy use.

And it's gone on sale via AliExpress, which lists a US price of $62 and a UK price of £49 – not including shipping costs.

Oppo Watch Free

ETA: October 2021 (China)

Oppo Watch Free

The Oppo Watch Free joins the existing Oppo Watch, and is designed to be a cheaper, sportier smartwatch than the Oppo Watch (and Oppo Watch 2). However, like the Oppo Watch 2, it's only announced for China right now.
It’s a dead ringer for the Huawei Watch Fit, with a tall rectangular shape, and identically-sized 1.64-inch AMOLED display, curved 2.5D glass and a 326ppi density.
The heart rate monitor has SpO2 capabilities, so it will read blood oxygen data. And there are 100 sport profiles although no built-in GPS.
Sleep is also a big focus, and Oppo has added snoring monitoring to its standard tracking of duration and quality of your slumber.

It’s far cheaper than the Oppo Watch series of smartwatches. The Watch Free has a price tag of CNY 549 ($84). The Oppo Watch 2 costs CNY 1,300 (about $200/€170).

Honor Watch GS3

ETA: Announced in China only

Honor Watch GS3

Honor has officially teased its new Honor Watch GS 3 smartwatch in China. The news came via an official Weibo post, accompanied by plenty of pictures – but there's little info on specs or features.

The Weibo post shows off a host of straps and finishes – gold, silver and gun metal with several different leather bands.

The only details are that the Watch GS 3 will feature an “eight-channel PPG heart rate monitor,” which the company claims is enhanced by an AI processor.

These are publicity renders, so things can (and usually do) look less impressive in the flesh – but the Watch GS 3 certainly catches the eye in terms of thinness and the lack of bezel.

It's certainly one to watch – but given it's not out in China yet, it could be a while until it hits the US/Europe (if at all).

Whoop 4.0

ETA: September 2021

Whoop 4.0

The new Whoop 4.0 is here – and it's smaller, more powerful and has the potential to be worn on more places open the body.

The Whoop 4.0 is 33% smaller than its predecessor, and now includes a pulse oximeter to monitor blood oxygen levels and a skin temperature sensor.

Sleep features have also been expanded, with a new sleep coach that uses haptic alerts to wake you up at optimal times based on sleep cycles and sleep time advice.

Quoted battery life is the same 5 days delivered by the Whoop Strap 3.0.

Whoop has also announced its new Body range – with apparel such as bras, pants, leggings and sleeves designed to put Whoop in more accurate and comfortable places on the body.

Realme Watch 2

ETA: On sale in Malaysia now / Global TBC

Upcoming smartwatches 2021: Exciting devices we're waiting for

The Realme Watch 2 is now real and it seeks to pack in more features into a budget body than its predecessor that launched in early 2020.

It maintains a square look and features a 1.4-inch TFT 320x320 TFT touchscreen display. There's now up to 90 sports modes an optical heart rate monitor and an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels. It's also promising up to 12 days of battery life.

Once again though, this is one that will only work with Android phones. It's gone on sale in Malaysia for MYR 229, which works out to about $55.

That's not far off the $50 the first Realme Watch costs, so if it does launch further afield it should stick around at that budget price point.

ZTE Watch Live

ETA: On sale in China now / Global TBC

ZTE Watch Live

The ZTE Watch Live sees a return to smartwatches for a company that dabbled in Wear OS and is now joining the likes of Xiaomi and Mobvoi's TicWatch GTX in serving up a smartwatch that's much kinder on your bank balance.

The square Watch Live packs in a 1.3-inch 240 x 240 TFT screen, which doesn't sound all that impressive. It does find room for the a heart rate monitor and an SpO2 sensor to take blood oxygen measurements.

There's the presence of 12 sports tracking profiles and there's the promise of anywhere up to 21 days of battery life, which gives it pretty impressive staying power on paper. You can also expect smartwatch staples like notification support, incoming call alerts and weather forecasts.

Priced at 249 yuan, that puts it around $38 and that's pretty cheap for a smartwatch. We'll be intrigued to see if this one makes it out of China sometime in 2021.

Zepp Z Titanium with ECG

ETA: On sale in China now / Global TBC

Zepp Z Titanium with ECG

Huami, which also makes the Amazfit brand watches, launched its Zepp E Square and Zepp E Circle watches and followed up with the more luxury-looking Zepp Z in November, which we are currently testing.

It's since announced a Zepp Z model in China that includes a desirable feature in the way of an ECG sensor. That means it matches the likes of Fitbit, Apple, Samsung and Huawei in offering medical grade-style heart rate readings with the view of detecting abnormalities in the heart among other more serious heart health insights.

Like its ECG-packing rivals, it's only available in China right now, so it remains to be seen whether it will launch elsewhere as it'll need to wrap up the appropriate regulatory approval to set the feature live.

ECG aside, it offers all the same features as the Zepp Z model available outside of China. That includes Huami’s BioTracker 2 PPG module to deliver optical based heart-rate monitoring, SpO2 tracking and stress detection wrapped up in classic watch styling, now with a fancier titanium alloy.

Google Pixel Watch (rumored)

ETA: October 2021

Google Pixel Watch (rumored)

It's the rumored smartwatch that has never gone away and with Google's acquisition of Fitbit, that speculation has surfaced once again.

The latest leaked information suggests it will be called Google Pixel Watch and the render above is based on what that leakster claims the smartwatch is going to look like.

Codenamed project 'Rohan' at Google HQ, the Pixel Watch will apparently feature a round, bezel-less look and will have 20 strap options. It's expected it could launch in October, which is usually a month Google chooses to launch new hardware.

We expect it of course to pack Wear OS, which has struggled to really impress. Google will surely hoping the Fitbit effect will help change that in time for when the Pixel Watch drops.